WRITING and WRITERS in PARIS FRANCE:
A List of Literature events, reading series and open mikes, & some local Paris publications
for Fall 2017
Publications out of Paris in English
AUP: used to have a publication, so check in with them to see if that is ongoing.
Upstairs at Duroc:
Currently run by Barbara Beck. They often seek editorial help and readers if you are interested. https://wice.wildapricot.org/creative-writing-literature
Bellevue Park Pages:
Comes out every 2 weeks, costs 2euros. I am not certain they are still in business. See:
Will be accepting work at some point this year. Comes out from the Spoken Word Paris group. Keep your eye on: https://spokenwordparis.org/b/call-for-submissions/
Paris Lit Up:
Recently accepting work for issue 5—art & texts. Query if you want to try to slip something into their hands just under the gun, or watch for calls for issue 6 this spring. http://parislitup.com/paris-lit-up-magazine/ and see their FB community page for more.
Regular Monthly events: bilingual (Eng-French)
Ivy Writers Paris:
Monthly events with 2+ authors. Free, venue changes so check blog at http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr/. Dates: 3 Oct (George Vance, Bremner Duthie, Donald Truman and Jason Stoneking for PLU), 17 Oct (Laura Mullen and Vincent Broqua), 21 Nov (Ostachevsky and Marie Borel), 5 Dec 2017 (Engish-Catalan-French Reading for “Parentheses” English Lit mag from Barcelona, Spain) then 23 Jan (Elena Rivera, Margo Berdeshevsky and TBConfirmed Matthieu Brosseau), 13 Feb (Lily Robert-Foley and , 20 march, and events in April and May have not had their dates set. Join the FB group or community page, or check in for exact addresses (moves venues) and info just before the events online.
longest running bilingual series in Paris. Like Ivy, they move venues. Join their emailing list or check in online with them at: http://doublechange.org/ I also posted details for their next event near the bottom of the list—young writers’ festival with many readers.
Regular Weekly events in English:
Spoken Word Paris:
Monday night open mike with featured authors. 20h sign up, goes til around 11pm. Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. https://spokenwordparis.org/ for full info.
Open Secret: SW2:
Wednesday night open mike with featured authors. 20h30 sign up, goes til around 11:30pm. May be on hiatus this year.
Paris Lit Up:
Thursday night open mike for text and music, with featured authors. 8pm sign up, goes til around 11:30pm. AT: Culture Rapide, 103 Rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 http://parislitup.com/paris-lit-up-open-mic/
Contrary to their ads, they are NOT the oldest running Anglophone series in Paris, but they are the best space for Anglophone events as they feature 3 authors a night for their readings. The oldest series was “Live Poets” by John Kliphan. After his passing Pansy Maurer Alvarez got this new series underway, reversing the title. Last Sept it was handed over the Malik who is a fabulous new organizer out of New York, graduate of the LIU Brooklyn MFA Program. He runs events that happen almost monthly. Keep your eye on forthcoming events at https://www.facebook.com/poets.live/
Run by Moe Seagar, this jazz-infused series invites authors in to perform and read. I do not have their info, but Moe can often be found at one of the open mikes to give you the low down.
Moving Paris, Paris:
PLAY readings in English or French at CITY 27, 27 cité industrielle, 75011 Paris, M° Voltaire (take rue Camille Desmoulins next to “Simply” store and then the 1st left): Arrive at 19h10, doors close before the performed readings start at 19h30. This series functions like a workshop, asking for feedback on the play after the event. They also are a place you can offer to have one of YOUR plays performed. Look on their website if you want to propose one.
Dates this fall: 8 Oct Christopher Lord, La Situation Administrative (in French) 22nd Oct.Keith Crawford "Space Station Zeta" (in English), 5th Nov. Anni Walsh "Distant Shores" (in English) 19th Nov. Hilary Kaiser title tba (in English) 3rd Dec. Ken Mackenzie "Was Abraham Bluffing?" (in English) http://www.stefcampion.com/Movpart/MPfuture.html
The Writers’ Group
Free, open workshop run by Spoken Word, Paris. 6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free.
Bookstores which host events (get on their mailings for schedules):
Shakespeare & Co:
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris https://shakespeareandcompany.com/ go to site and « sign up for newsletter » to get updates on events, as the site is not always up to date. They also host free or 5e or so “workshops” on site which you can drop in to try out.
Berkeley Books of Paris:
8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris M° Odéon. Does not update the site often, but see their FB page and they will soon have an events schedule up there and with the Academy of American Poetry which is hosting a series of events this fall. I will read for them on the 3rd of Dec if you are interested. http://berkeleybooksofparis.org/index.html
248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris https://whsmith.fr/ sometimes host events (they suggest you follow their FB or twitter page for events, not the site)
Violette & Co
(French, hosts Women Writers events) 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny: www.violetteandco.com/
librairie/ to get onto their
mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
127-129, rue Saint-Martin 75004 Paris 01 53 01 96 96 (Belgian French, hosts readings and dialogues with authors) http://www.cwb.fr/programme/filtre/lettres
Libraries and Cultural Centers with events, see their online calendars:
American Library in Paris
10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris (often has 2-3 author events, some workshops and events for kids, too, if you are writing for children or young audiences as well): https://americanlibraryinparis.org/
The Irish Cultural Center
5 Rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris, Author/book, film and art events: you are often asked to pre-reserve. http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/agenda/
The Canadian Cultural Center in Paris
5 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris, Events: cinema, literature, other: http://www.canada-culture.org/programmation-au-centre_program-in-center-en.html
3 Specific OCTOBER events I want to draw your attention to :
FESTIVAL JEUNES ÉCRIVAINS
With readings and expos in English & French : (France, Grande-Bretagne, USA…) 14 et 15 octobre 2017 Double Change, la galerie éof et la Poetry Foundation vous invitent les à la première édition du et à l’exposition « Objets poétiques » avec Fatimah Asghar, Nicolas Attal, Sumita Chakraborty, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Valérian Guillaume, Roy G. Guzmán , Anna Mezey, Caroline Parfait, Samuel Poisson, Lucie Rico, Karen Sandhu, Woosung Sohn, Anne-Lise Solani, Alexandra Sollogoub, Stéphanie Vivier, Emily Jungmin Yoon , Guillaume Wavelet. Le festival est accompagné de l’exposition « Objets poétiques » (livres, projections, affiches, films…), constituée par les étudiants de l’atelier « Objets poétiques » (2016-2017) du master de création littéraire de Paris 8 et avec le concours de la Poetry Foundation. Gallery opens at 17h les deux jours du festival. Readings start at : samedi 14 octobre à 19h et dimanche 15 octobre à 18h AT : Galerie éof, 15 rue Saint Fiacre 75002 Paris (Métros Grands boulevards)
IVY WRITERS PARIS
Laura Mullen and Vincent Broqua reading, the 17th Oct 2017 at 19h30. Meet at the bar at Delaville Café for a drink from 19h on, then the reading happens and after lots of us stay for dinner. It is a great way to meet authors as well as hear them. AT: DELAVILLE CAFÉ, 34 bvd bonne nouvelle, M° Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.
BIOS for the authors: Poet Laura Mullen was born in Los Angeles in 1958. She earned her BA at the University of California-Berkeley and MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her collections of poetry include Complicated Grief (2015), Enduring Freedom (2012), Dark Archive (2011), Murmur (2007), Subject (2005), After I Was Dead (1999), The Tales of Horror (1999), and The Surface (1991), which was a National Poetry Series selection. Known for writing book-length and hybrid texts, Mullen’s work has been praised for its wild invention and play. Her poems are included in anthologies such as American Hybrid (2009), The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (2012), and I’ll Drown my Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (2012), among others. The composer Jason Eckardt’s setting of her poem “The Distance (This)” was released as Undersong by Mode records in 2011. For more see: http://www.lauramullen.biz/ or https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/laura-mullen
Vincent Broqua is Professeur de littérature et arts nord-américains at the University of Paris 8. He has written articles on authors, musicians, and artists from the early twentieth century until now (Samuel Beckett, Caroline Bergvall, Jen Bervin, John Cage, Stacy Doris, Alice Notley, Gertrude Stein, Rosmarie Waldrop …). His poetry publications include Récupérer (Petits Matins), recuperer.lu (le site miroir de Récupérer), Même = Same (Contrat maint), Given (roman pour s.) (Contrat maint), A partir de rien : esthétique, poétique et politique de l’infime (Michel Houdiard). He is also a translator from English to French, for example of the following volumes : Anne Waldman, Archives, pour un monde menacé (Joca Seria), Thalia Field, L’amateur d’oiseau, côté jardin avec Olivier Brossard et Abigail Lang (Presses du Réel), David Antin, Ce qu’être d’avant-garde veut dire avec Olivier Brossard et Abigail Lang (Presses du Réel). He is currently writing a book on minimal aesthetics and poetics and preparing a future publication on how avant-garde poets and poets of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century read Shakespeare and why that may matter. He is the cofounder with Olivier Brossard of the reading series and webjournal Double Change. With Olivier Brossard he runs the research programme Poets and Critics at Paris Est 2010–2013. Which is now housed at Paris 7—see http://www.poetscritics.org/poets-and-critics-program/ for information on that. With Jean-Jacques Poucel, coedited an issue of Formes Poétiques Contemporaines on creative criticism.
IRISH POETRY FILMS TALK:
20 Oct 2017: The filmmaker Oonagh Kearney http://www.oonaghkearney.com will talk about the poems she has filmed and her collaboration with the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa http://doireannnighriofa.com L’Atelier POEM (EA Prismes), en collaboration avec Pôle Irlande et le Centre Culturel Irlandais, a le plaisir de vous inviter à sa première séance de l’année le 20 octobre prochain à 17h30, (Salle à préciser) l’Institut du Monde Anglophone, 5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris Marc Porée & Clíona Ní Ríordáin INFO : email@example.com You are also cordially invited to check into other events by this group at : They can follow the news of the atelier (and get the dates,times, etc.) on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/atelierPOEM/